Nine of the top 10 seeds moved on to the men’s Round of 16 at the Yangzhou Four Star. Three American teams rounded out the field, which also includes three Russians and three Brazilians.
The American women went 6-0 in Day 1 of pool play at the Yangzhou Four Star, while Ryan Doherty/Billy Allen were among the pool title winners on the men’s side at the Yangzhou Four Star on Thursday.
Ninth-seeded Americans Trevor Crabb/Tri Bourne will face Russia’s Taras Myskiv/Valeriy Samoday in the men’s gold medal match, in a rematch of a Pool H meeting. The tournament marks Bourne’s return to the FIVB stage just a month after making his first AVP appearance in 18 months away with an autoimmune disorder.
It wasn’t an easy road for Allie Wheeler/Lara Dykstra, but the Americans won their first World Tour medal as a pairing on Saturday. Meanwhile, Russians Taras Myskiv/Valeriy Samoday won their second straight gold.
Cal Poly beach standouts Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden finished off a perfect 7-0 campaign with a gold medal. On the men’s side, history was made as Vladyslav Iemelianchyk/Sergiy Popov became the first ever Ukrianian team to win FIVB World Tour gold.
American pair Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden will have its first shot at FIVB gold on Sunday morning, vying for the Porec One Star title.